CHARPENTIER MAINTAINS TEN KATE FORM Sebastien Charpentier will start tomorrow's World Supersport championship second round race from pole position after setting the fastest time in today's second qualifying session. After heading the practice ...
CHARPENTIER MAINTAINS TEN KATE FORM
Sebastien Charpentier will start tomorrow's World Supersport championship second round race from pole position after setting the fastest time in today's second qualifying session. After heading the practice and qualifying time sheets all weekend, it is the Frenchman's second consecutive pole start in the series and the Ten Kate team's ninth.
In sunny but windy conditions, Winston Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Katsuaki Fujiwara, was fifth fastest today; the first round winner and championship leader will start tomorrow's 21-lap race at the 4.4km Phillip Island circuit in Australia from the head of the second row.
Ronald ten Kate - team manager:
"Once again, Sebastien has dominated practice and qualifying, just like in the first round in Qatar; but I have to say it is never boring to see him there all the time! We did a long run with him this afternoon, over more than half race distance, and there were no problems. He was looking like going even faster on his last lap but it's always difficult to switch back to doing one quick lap. Katsuaki is still looking for the perfect set-up here but I think it's always a question of compromising, especially with today's strong wind. But I have no doubts that he'll be absolutely fine in race conditions tomorrow."
Sebastien Charpentier - pole position, 1m35.746s
"The wind is very strange here today - it can be very strong on one lap and then not so strong the next. It makes it very difficult, especially the left hander in turn two and then up the back of the circuit. But I was very happy doing consistent low 37s laps over half race distance and the front was just perfect. I don't think I'll have the problems that we found in Qatar. I was trying to go even faster on the last lap and I was up in the first two splits but then a slower rider finished the lap for me. It's no matter though, I'm on pole again and looking forward to tomorrow."
Katsuaki Fujiwara - fifth fastest, 1m36.524s
"I have been trying my best all weekend to get the bike perfect all the way round the Phillip Island circuit but in the end we're still not getting it to turn as well as I would like in the high-speed corners. But, I have a very good race set-up and, although I will be starting directly behind Sebastien, I really want another win here and I am confident for tomorrow's race. After the problem I had on the start line in Qatar, I have practiced my start and I hope for no problem. I want to win the race from the front this time, not the back."
Phillip Island - final qualifying times:
1 Sebastien Charpentier FRA (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1m35.746s, 2 Michel Fabrizio ITA (Honda) 1:35.903, 3 Fabien Foret FRA (Honda) 1:36.230, 4 Kevin Curtain AUS (Yamaha) 1:36.436, 5 Katsuaki Fujiwara JPN (Winston Ten Kate Honda) 1:36.524, 6 Stephane Chambon FRA (Honda) 1:36.819, 7 Gianluca Nannelli ITA (Ducati) 1:37.388, 8 Johan Stigefelt SWE (Honda) 1:37.657, 9 Jurgen vd Goorbergh NED (Ducati) 1:37.820, 10 Javier Fores ESP (Suzuki) 1:37.915.